Rating: 3 / 5
Always on the lookout for some simple lightweight pants for climbing and general backpacking that will be (1) wind and water resistant (2) comfortable while allowing unhindered movement and (3) durable, the Transition Tights offer a measure of each.
The MH Tights are made (mostly) of Gore Windstopper NTS, a laminated fabric that is highly wind resistant, offers a degree of water repellancy and good breathability.The brushed poyester inner is comfortable next to skin and aids moisture transport out. The gusseted crotch and inseams are made of a poyester stretch jersey knit.
No pockets or zippers, very simply appointed with an elastic waist with drawstring closure. They seem very comfortable in moderate temps. during aerobic activities and reputably will continue to be comfortable during activity down to the 30's or so---I haven't employed them yet in colder weather. These would be inappropriate for hot weather use.
The tights are admirably wind resistant and comfortable. No question that I could stem a wide chimney or do the splits (wish I could) with these. The Windstopper fabric for its weight is quite durable and very water resistant. However, the jersey knit panels wet out quickly and seem susceptible to snagging. MH could turn these into a superb addition to one's outdoor wardrobe if they would only swap out those knit panels with something more durable and water resistant---there are a number of fabrics on the market that would do this--Schoeller Dynamic or something like Arcteryx's Tweave Durastretch come to mind.
Finally, these are form fitting tights so, if you got it, flaunt it--- but could be deemed unflattering by those whose bodies don't look like the current athletic ideal.
Weight in men's L is 221 g. (7.8 oz.).
I'd give these a 3 1/2 out of 5